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Note: Don’t forget to tune in to Open Link LIVE on Thursday, 14th April! Lillian will be our host, which will make for a memorable evening of Poetry reading ❤️

Hello dVerse Poets, this is Sanaa (aka adashofsunny) welcoming you to another round of Prosery where we ask you to write a very short piece of prose that tells a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of your choice.

Since it is a kind of Flash Fiction, we here at the pub have a limit of 144 words. What’s special about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, that is, within the word limit.

You may change punctuation but please bear in mind that you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the quotation.

Picture courtesy: Christina Rossetti image found on Wikimedia Commons

I have long been in love with Christina Georgina Rossetti and recall the first time I read her poetry. She excelled in works of fantasy, in poems for children and in poetry that revolved around religion. Part of her success as a Poet arises from the fact that, while never straining the limits of her empathy and experience, she succeeded in uniting the two seemingly contradictory sides of her nature.

There is a vein of the sentimental and didactic in her weaker verse, but at its best, her poetry is strong, personal and unforced, with a metrical cadence that flows and is unmistakably her own. Published in 1862, her work “Goblin Market and Other Poems,” established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry.

Picture courtesy: Yellow throated warbler by Ray Hennessy, Unsplash

This evening I would like you to write a Prose piece which includes the line:

“Talk what you please of future spring and sun-warm’d sweet tomorrow.” – from the poem A Daughter of Eve by Christina Rossetti.

Please also include the dVerse link in your published piece.

Here’s how to take part in the Prosery Prompt:

  • Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose up of up to or exactly 144 words,
  • Including the given line from the poem.
  • Post your Prosery piece on your blog and link back to this post.
  • Place the link to your actual post (not your blog url) on the Mister Linky page.
  • Don’t forget to check the little box to accept use/privacy policy.
  • Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!